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The return of Bertrand Cantat goes by "England"

Four years after the album "Horizons", the singer of Black Desire returns with a new single, a real political ship, announcing a solo album.

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The return of Bertrand Cantat goes by
This morning on Friday, October 6, Bertrand Cantat put England online, single signing his return, 4 years after returning to song with Detroit band, with which he had released album Horizons (2013). Published this time under his name, this new title announces a solo album (scheduled for early December), recorded between Chile, Germany and France, in which we will find several musicians from Detroit (bassist Pascal Humbert, artistic director and Multi-instrumentalist Bruno Green).

If, in 2013, The Dark Waltz of law in Sun, first single to announce Horizons, dug an intimate vein evoking remorse and ghosts linked to drama of Vilnius, England asserts itself as a political ship denouncing Western selfishness – Especially that of Great Britain – in face of tragedy of migrants attracted by a pseudo Eldorado condemning m, according to Bertrand Cantat, to a modern slavery.

If, at time of Black Desire, singer publicly claimed his political commitment against, for example, National Front or mischief of liberalism, his alter-globalism never expressed itself as literally in his texts as in this New song: "It is said that times have changed/this is not case of English/I want my money back."

The Brexit and drama of stigmatized migrants

Mentioning Brexit, first words of song give England false airs of Miss Maggie, tube of Renaud who, in 1985, Égratignait Margaret Thatcher. An impression accentuated by a guitar spinning quite similar to that which bore song of Renaud, even if six-strings are distord here in an acid register reminiscent also of Americans of Pixies (period Where Is My Mind?) or English of Libertines.

If unsubmitted Bordeaux also stigmatizes French government – "It gives ideas to French/we have better than Theresa May/and cows are well guarded" – piece predominantly shows human beings whose dreams of survival break on borders and indifference (You can die in jungle/We don't give a shit about your mouth/You're going to stand re).

Far from "road-movie" Atmosphere of American that bad Detroit album, tangy guitar of England also adorns almost pop choirs and string arrangements contrasting with drama playing from Mediterranean to channel. "You want to cross channel/you want to see end of tunnel/It's England, my little bror/There is nothing to do re," sings Bertrand Cantat, in a way that some will be able to judge a paternalistic strand.


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